Slumping Morneau isn't helping Twins' trade talks

By Scott Miller | Senior Baseball Columnist

Former MVP Justin Morneau was among those in attendance Tuesday as the Twins unveiled the 2014 All-Star logo at Target Field.

Whether Morneau will be in attendance at Target Field after Wednesday's non-waivers trade deadline remains a game of intrigue in the Twin Cities.

The Orioles have engaged Minnesota in talks for Morneau, with one source with knowledge of the discussions calling it “50-50” whether the first baseman stays or goes in the Twin Cities by Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

The Orioles also have inquired about a handful of other players, according to sources, including Astros starter Bud Norris, White Sox starter Jake Peavy, Angels Jason Vargas.

The Twins, enduring another tough season and facing a decision regarding whether to retain Ron Gardenhire as manager, need to make moves to infuse their organization with young talent.

But Morneau, one of their few trade chips, is not making it easy on them: He's hitting .180/.270/.308 with just four homers and five RBI in 100 plate appearances (23 games) this month. He's also making $14 million in the final season of a six-year, $80 million deal.

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